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About 60 percent pay attention to nutrition facts
August 5th, 2010
04:45 PM ET

About 60 percent pay attention to nutrition facts

Who reads nutrition labels?

More than half do, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. About 61.5 percent reported using the nutrition facts panel when deciding to purchase food. Fewer people paid attention to the list of ingredients (51.6 percent), the serving size (47.2 percent), and health claims (43.8 percent). FULL POST


August 5th, 2010
03:56 PM ET

Increased obesity means increased cancer cases

News from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 26.7 percent of the American population, or 72.5 million people, are now obese has resulted in a closer look at anticipated new cancer cases over the next several years.

The American Institute for Cancer Research says the uptick in obesity rates will prompt an increase in cancer cases as well.

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August 5th, 2010
02:23 PM ET

Women buy sexier clothes when most fertile

If you're a woman who loves to shop, your purchases may be unconsciously influenced by your hormones.

A new study, to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, finds that women at peak fertility are more likely to buy sexy, revealing clothes than women of a similar age range who are at less fertile points in their cycles.

Near ovulation, women are more likely to conceive. Previous studies have shown that women prefer more masculine men during this fertile time period each month. It makes sense that they would also want to show off their bodies more then, says lead author Kristina Durante of the University of Minnesota.

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August 5th, 2010
10:41 AM ET

Do mercury fillings pose a health risk?

As a feature of CNNhealth.com, our team of expert doctors will answer readers' questions. Here's a question for Dr. Gupta.

From Rhonda in Illinois

"My husband's dental fillings are amalgam (mercury)...How toxic is the mercury in fillings?"

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Filed under: Dental health • Expert Q&A

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